Ahh… For the love of food!
We all love food and eating all kinds of foods in one meal. The more the tastier! Right?! On a “healthier” note, we also think that by adding more healthful ingredients to our meals is going to add to our health benefit. Especially when we have fallen off the wagon and want to quickly turn it around. When that happens, we overboost on healthy ingredients to make up for it. Why not? More healthful options = better health! WRONG.
It is actually more so to make ourselves feel better and clear our guilty conscience. What we don’t know is that in the process we are doing our bodies more harm than good.
Keep it simple and keep the food combinations at a minimum. More does not mean it is better no matter what type of foods you eat.
Food is the very essence of our being. To a great extent, it really is. Think about it. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to survive or have the ability to strengthen our bodies.
Taking it a bit further… Without the proper foods for nutrient absorption and optimal digestion, we wouldn’t have the energy to keep moving forward or maximize our days, we wouldn’t have the mental clarity we need to function in our every day work, school or recreational activities nor would we be able to boost athletic performance for those of us that are athletically inclined.
The list goes on but I think you get the point.
Food is an important part of our lifestyle and to make it count, it is important that the food we eat is consumed in proper combination. Whether you are a raw food eater, vegan, vegetarian or meat eater. Eating our food in proper combination is a huge determining factor in the direction of our health and the best way to avoid gastrointestinal problems, digestive issues and other medical complications down the road. This rule applies to ALL across the board no matter what diet or lifestyle you choose.
Here are some healthful tips on proper food combining for better nutrient absorption and to help improve digestion.
- Refrain from eating proteins with starches. Proteins & starches do not combine well together.
- Proteins & starches both combine best with low starch & non-starch vegetables: essentially all greens.
- Acid fruits combine well with sub-acid fruits
- Sub-acid fruits combine well with sweet fruits
- Fruit should be ripe and sweet and consumed on an empty stomach; preferably in the morning.
- Eat melons by themselves
A few things to consider. Although food combining supports the digestive process, there are no guarantees. Below are factors that tie into this practice and may hinder our digestive capacity.
- Eating when under stress
- Eating when exhausted
- Eating just before or not long after a strenuous workout
- Eating during emotional distress or experiences
The key point to remember is that digestion functions at its best when meals are kept simple and in minimal combination.
“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” – Hippocrates
What ways have you tried to reach your “healthy”? Comment and share your thoughts below. Would love to hear all about it!
Love, hugs & healthy meal planning, xo